About two decades ago, Hoar Holdings CEO Rob Burton was having lunch with his daughter at her school, which was undergoing renovations at the time. What he saw shocked him – blocked fire exits, nails on floors and crews on scaffolding working above the children. Rob recognized that construction left unmanaged can be more than inefficient – it can be dangerous. At that point, the foundation for HPM began to take shape.
Born in Construction
Our story actually began back in 1940 when Friend Reed (F.R.) Hoar founded the F.R. Hoar Construction Company in Birmingham, Alabama. Over the next seven decades, Hoar Construction grew from building churches to one of the preeminent builders in the Southeast. Among its innovative accomplishments are the first enclosed mall in the Southeast, the first office park in the United States and the first construction company to fully integrate iPads on jobsites.
Going the Extra Mile
In the 1990s, about the time Rob Burton was having lunch with his daughter at her elementary school, HPM President Mike Lanier was offering his clients services beyond those of traditional contractors. He’d show clients processes to improve safety on a jobsite or share methods to better manage the schedule and budget. Mike provided this advice to his clients not only because they needed this guidance, but simply because it was the right thing to do.
Built to Lead
As Hoar Construction continued to grow, Mike and Rob recognized a distinct need in the market for a company focused solely on guiding clients through the entire construction process. Not a construction company, but a company dedicated to leading clients to success by managing all the intricacies of their construction projects. In 1997, Hoar Program Management (HPM) was founded to do just that. From the beginning, HPM sought to act as true advocates to its clients. Instead of clients worrying about the myriad details, we packaged our expertise in everything from architecture and building science to engineering and accounting. By putting our expertise to work, we were able to help owners complete their projects faster – and at a better price – than had they managed the entire process on their own.
Expanding Our Footprint
Over a decade ago, HPM expanded its geographical reach, bringing its unique approach to program leadership to the western U.S. In response to a growing number of projects in Texas, HPM established our Western Region headquarters in Dallas, now serving projects in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, California and Washington. Senior Vice President Steve Olson leads the Western Region while Jason Abernathy heads the Eastern Region, overseeing offices and projects throughout Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
The Program Management Leader
Throughout the decades, HPM has become the leader in program management. Starting our work primarily with school districts, we quickly expanded our portfolio into manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, corporate and city and county government work. Today, from our offices across the South, we manage more than a billion dollars in construction volume a year from coast to coast. No matter our size, however, our goal is to make each client feel like our only client. By doing this and by allowing our core values to guide our actions, we endeavor each and every day to set the standard for our entire industry to follow.